The rise .. and rise .. of Edward Hopper

Chop Suey, 1929. 32 x 38 in. © 2018 Heirs of Josephine Hopper / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. (detail)

Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967) – admired and instantly recognisable for his portrayal of the loneliness and alienation of early 20th century America pre-World War II, a fading world of small town offices, bars and cafes, gas stations, shabby hotel bedrooms, and deserted landscapes.  Acclaimed as the forefather of Pop Art and Photo Realism.

Sales at auction have seen a meteoric rise in values over the last 10 years.  Here are just a few examples of sales achieved since 2007:

Vermont Sugar House – $881,000 / Railroad Embankment – $1.4m / Barn at Essex – $1.8m / Prospect Street, Gloucester – $2.1m / Rich’s House – $3.3m / Kelly Jenness House – $4.2m / Cape Ann Granite –$8.4m / October on Cape Cod – $9.6m / Blackwell’s Island – $19.2m / East Wind Over Weehawken – $40.5m.

Chop Suey is offered in An American Place: The Barney A. Ebsworth Collection  Evening Sale, November 2018 at Christie’s in New York link here!  – with an estimate of c. $70m.

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